What type of learner are you?
Mastering new skills and trying to get your head around a certain topic can be challenging if you don’t know the best way to learn new information. Everyone has a style of learning that suits them most and it’s important to find out what this is to make the process of assimilating information easier and less stressful.
There are three main types of learning styles – visual, auditory and kinaesthetic – and most people use a combination of these when grasping a new skill or trying to absorb information, but many have a preferred method.
Comprehending how best you learn will help you maximise the time you spend studying or training, while also allowing you to capitalise on the strengths your particular style is associated with.
Once you’ve taken our ‘What Type Of Learner Am I?’ infographic quiz, you’ll discover the best method for you to digest new information. In addition, we’ve created a guide for each style, which means you can find out more about the best techniques for your learning type as well as some common pitfalls to avoid.
If you are a visual learner
If you chose mostly Bs on the quiz, this indicates that you are a visual learner, and you’re not alone. Almost two-thirds of the general population fall into this category, according to research from the Social Science Research Network.
This type of learner is able to assimilate new information by remembering what they see, rather than what they have heard, and respond well to the use of imagery. In addition, they will be able to ‘visualise’ objects or plans easily, allowing them to formulate strategies without putting pen to paper.
Typically, this person’s spatial awareness is finely tuned, meaning they generally have a better sense of direction compared to other learners.
If you’re interested in finding out more about visual learners, read our guide.
If you are an auditory learner
Choosing mostly As on our quiz means that you are an auditory learner, which is the second most common result. Approximately 30 per cent of the general population falls under this category, according to research from Purdue University.
People in this group mainly rely on listening and speaking to absorb new information, and are very adept at memorising what they have heard, retaining around 75 per cent of what they are told in the classroom.
They also tend to be naturally good at communicating with others, are often able to remember people’s names and enjoy participating in presentations.
Our guide to this type of learning style contains everything you need to know about being an auditory learner.
If you are a kinaesthetic learner
If you chose mostly Cs then you are among the minority – just five per cent – of the population that are classed as kinaesthetic learners. This group are also known as physical or tactile learners, meaning they often excel in sports and tasks that involve moving around or touching objects.
This category typically enjoys getting stuck in straight away when given tasks, rather than planning or analysing the situation beforehand. Such an attitude suits this type of learner, as they can react quickly to changes and make fast decisions on how to move ahead.
Kinaesthetic learners often have strong hand-eye coordination, the ability to express themselves well and an excellent motor memory, meaning they can replicate a task or action after completing it just once.
Read our guide to this type of learner to find out more.